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R.I.P. Emmanuelle Riva

Emmanuelle Riva, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” Celebrated French actress Emmanuelle Riva has died at the age of 89. She made a huge splash in Alain Resnais’ 1959’s Hiroshima Mon Amour, an early French New Wave film, the New Wave that would … Continue reading

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R.I.P. John Hurt

The gravelly voice revealed the depth and width of his life experience. The gravelly voice had a surprising mellifluous quality surging through the roughness. The voice could sing, it could shout. It could break your heart. He did not come … Continue reading

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Joan Jett Pays Tribute to Mary Tyler Moore

She posted this statement on her Twitter feed: This moves me so much. And a couple of people sent me this clip, from Joan Jett’s appearance on The David Letterman Show singing the theme to the Mary Tyler Moore Show. … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Mary Tyler Moore

Robert Redford told critic Leonard Maltin how he came to cast the perky spirited hilarious TV star Mary Tyler Moore as the cold-as-ice mother in Ordinary People: “I’ve always liked the idea of going off in casting, going off-center. Mary … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2016

I look at this and I wonder why I always feel like I haven’t done jack-squat. Or, at the very least, I could do more. Well, I always can do more. Regardless, here are links to some of the things … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds

My thoughts are with Billie Lourd and Todd Fisher. This is crushing. She was so talented and she was lucky enough to have “come up” in a Hollywood that knew what to do with her. She could do it all. … Continue reading

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11:20 a.m. EST: BBC World Service “World Have Your Say”: Remembering Carrie Fisher

I’ll be appearing on the BBC’s “World Have Your Say” program this morning – 11:20 a.m. EST – to discuss Carrie Fisher.

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R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

This blows. I am honored to pay tribute to her over at

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“Roger, zero G and I feel fine. Capsule is turning around. Oh, that view is tremendous!” – John Glenn, going into orbit, Feb. 20, 1962

And here he is a few minutes after returning to earth. There are levels of coolness. This is the coolest of the cool. The Chucks are my favorite part. R.I.P. pioneer and American hero. I’ve always been very touched, too, … Continue reading

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Andrzej Wajda (1920-2016): His 10 Best Films

My pal Michał Oleszczyk, a Polish film critic and correspondent for, has written an essay for Ebert discussing Michał’s 10 favorite films of the great Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda, who has just died at the age of 90. For … Continue reading

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